A scientific study has shown that a man’s annual income increases by around £1,583 with every 2.5 inches in height, while slimmer women earn more than those who are overweight.
Height has always been linked with the perception of power, but for the first time a scientific study has proven that shorter men have a tougher time in the workplace.
Researchers at Exeter University ran a study that confirmed that the annual salary for a man increased in line with his height. In fact for every 2.5 inches his genes allowed him to grow, he earned around £1,583 more per year.
The paper was published in the British Medical Journal and used data from the UK Biobank to analyse 119,669 white British men and women aged between 40 and 70, levelling other socio-economic factors that may influence earnings.
Study co-author Professor Timothy Frayling of Exeter University said, quoted in The Guardian: “This is the strongest evidence by far that there is a causal link between being a bit shorter as a man and doing worse in life.
“If you took the same man – say a 5ft 10in man and make him 5ft 7in – and sent him through life, he would be about £1,583 worse off per year. Is it down to factors such as low self-esteem or depression, or is it more to do with discrimination?”
Interestingly, a similar pattern emerged amongst women but with weight rather than height. If a woman’s Body Mass Index increased by 4.6 kg/m2 (the equivalent to putting on 28 pounds for a woman of average height and build) due to genetic predictions her annual income decreased by a whopping £2,812.
Although this is just one study and the demographic involved is limited, the results seem to suggest that society favours tall men and slim women to the point where your build and stature can directly influence your earning potential.